About Us:

Lifesharing is one of 58 regional non-profits dedicated to the life-saving and life-enhancing benefits of organ and tissue donation. Lifesharing provides organ recovery, donor family support, and educational services for the diverse population of approximately 3 million people in San Diego and Imperial Counties. Organ and tissue procurement services supply 28 donor hospitals and four local transplant centers with transplantable organs for the ever-growing waiting list of nearly 2,200 San Diego patients and more than 123,000 patients nationwide.

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Writing to Transplant Recipients

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Deciding to Write

The decision to write to your loved one’s recipients is a personal choice. Some donor families find writing to recipients about their loved one to be helpful in their grieving process. It is your choice whether you wish to correspond with a transplant recipient.

Where to Start

Write what you feel comfortable sharing about your loved one and other family members. This may include marital status, children, occupation, or hobbies and interests your loved one enjoyed. You may want to consider keeping your identity confidential in the first letter. However, if you choose to include your personal contact information, we will forward it along to the recipient’s transplant center.

Hearing Back From Recipients

Once we receive your letter, we will forward the letter to the recipient transplant center(s). From there the transplant coordinators forward the letters to the recipients. This process may take several weeks. While you may wish to write to a recipient, it is also a personal choice whether the recipient chooses to write back. Some recipients find it very difficult to express their gratitude in words while others want to be further along in their recovery before expressing their gratitude through written communication. It is possible that several months or even years could pass before they are comfortable writing. We have found that most recipients find comfort in hearing from their donor family first. When the donor family writes first, it indicates they are open to receiving correspondence.

For More Information

If you have any questions or concerns about the information outlined in this flyer, you may contact the Lifesharing Family Services Department at 619-543-7225 or by email at [email protected].

Sending Your Letter:

If you typed your letter, to expedite the process you may want to consider emailing your letter to Lifesharing. Please include your full name, your loved one’s full name, and approximate date of his/her donation. Attach the letter and forward it to: [email protected].

If you would like to mail your letter, on a separate sheet of paper include your full name, your loved one’s full name, and approximate date of his/her donation. If there are multiple recipients, you can make copies of your letter or we can do it for you. Place all contents (letters, photos if you choose to include, and separate piece of paper with identifying information all in a larger envelope and mail to the Lifesharing office at:

Attn: Family Services
7436 Mission Valley Road
San Diego, CA 92108

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